Dining in the Arts District

Entree from Samar. Image from D Magazine.

For many Undermain patrons, seeing a show at the theatre goes hand-in-hand with dining at one of Deep Ellum’s homey establishments. You may feel that a great show is served best with a side of warm sweet potato chips from Twisted Root Burger Co. or a slice of All Good Café’s unbeatable rhubarb pie (a la mode, of course.) We couldn’t agree more. But since we’re venturing out into the Arts District for Penelope this winter, we thought you’d like to move your dining experience into new territory as well. Here are a few recommendations from Undermain staff members about where to enjoy your pre-Penelope dinner or post-Penelope drinks.

 Conveniently located across the street from the Dallas City Performance Hall is The Greek at One Arts Plaza. That’s where Company Manager, Ryan Lescalleet likes to grab a bite before a show. He recommends ordering a Mediterranean pizza, but with a menu full of entrees priced at ten dollars or less, you’ll be sure to find something that appeals to your palette as well as your wallet.
Undermain Development Associate, Maryam Baig enjoys sharing appetizers on Tei-An’s roof-top lounge, also at the One Arts Plaza. This modern Japanese restaurant boasts hand crafted Soba noodles, but also offers an array of fresh sushi, sashimi, and other delicacies from their frequently changing menu.
Artistic Director, Katherine Owens and Literary Manager, Stephen Foglia both recommend bringing a group to the Downtown restaurant, Samar by Stephan Pyles. The menu, divided into Spanish, Indian and Mediterranean sections, offers almost 40 different “small plates,” making Samar a perfect place to sample your way through a tapas-style spread.
Korean tacos from Ssam BBQ. Photo from roaminghunger.com.

For a quick, casual bite, Special Events Coordinator, Liz Acklin likes to venture down to the Arts District’s food truck court. If the words “street food” conjure images of greasy hot dogs and pretzels, you haven’t tried this fare. These high-end food trucks offer everything from gourmet vegetarian food to Vietnamese fusion.  You may catch Liz grabbing a side of kimchee fries from her favorite truck, ssahm BBQ which specializes in Korean tacos.

[Colleen Ahern]